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Evgeny Svetlanov


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Evgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002) was, together with Mravinsky and Kondrashin, one of the greatest Russian conductors of the 20th century. He was principal conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra (Russian State Symphony Orchestra) from 1965 to 2000 and became a familiar figure in London (notably with the LSO in the 1970s), France and Japan. These performances have never been issued before on CD. The performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 was given on the very night that Soviet tanks invaded Czechoslovakia in a concentrated effort to halt 'The Prague Spring', the liberal political reforms initiated by Alexander Dubcek. The atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall, as can be heard from the shouts of protest, was electric and very tense. It is likely that the USSR State Symphony Orchestra had not heard the news, but after the first few bars, the disruption was finally drowned out by other members of the audience and from various accounts, Svetlanov, as can be heard here, then went on to give the performance of his life. Svetlanov's widow, on hearing the test pressings of this CD, said that the performance brought tears to her eyes and the emotion of that evening came across very strongly. Two short bonus titles have been added - Tchaikovsky's Melodrama from The Snow Maiden and two excerpts from Rimsky- Korsakov's Invisible City of Kitezh (here recorded in stereo) -, reflecting the historic three concerts Svetlanov and his orchestra gave in London at the August 1968 BBC Proms.
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Item number ICAC 5036
Barcode 5060244550360
Release date 14/10/2011
Category
Label ICA Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Composers Shostakovich, Dmitry
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
Conductors Svetlanov, Evgeny
Orchestras USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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